Why do we do Exams?

A key skill that universities and colleges are trying to teach students is “Critical Thinking.” This is going through a process to come to a conclusion about something they are studying. Critical Thinking is used in most trades and professions around the world. Doing this well helps us be successful in our work-life. This means better jobs and better salaries.

Teachers are providing students with theories, frameworks and models that help structure this process. This means that the concepts taught help ensure that we are considering all the important aspects in a logical way.

The next step is to apply these models or theories to new information and data. This is the hard part.

The students who do well are those that can make connections between points from their analysis to build a theme or argument. This is like “joining the dots” between bits of information. It is also about making the connections between the concepts that are taught and these pieces of information.

Exams are there to get students focusing on this and to test their ability at it. They are about students providing an informed opinion or conclusion supported by the analyzed information, evidence or examples.